A Yorkshire Day weekend blog….

Full Steam Ahead…

It’s full steam ahead for Pickering Traction Engine Rally, a spectacular gathering of vintage vehicles.

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The rally which also has lots of other entertainment, such as music, hot-air balloons, fairground rides and fireworks, started on Thursday and continues until Sunday.

Lots of fantastic old vehicles make their way from all over the country to Pickering for the 4 day event.

There are two steam and vintage vehicle road runs – one to Thornton-le-Dale on the Friday and one around Pickering on Saturday – both at 5pm.

On Friday the event runs from 9am to 10pm, Saturday 8.30am to 1pm (hot-air balloons from 7pm and bands from 9.25pm) and Sunday 9am to 6pm.

Admission prices are adults £10, under 16s £5, under-fives free, family tickets (two adults, three children) cost £25 and car parking is free.

 

Celebrate Yorkshire Day!

 

Skipton will host the Official Yorkshire Day Celebrations this year from Thursday 1 Aug until Sunday 4 Aug. Not stopping at just one day, the town has put together a 4-day ‘Festival of Yorkshire’ with plenty going on to keep you busy. Pick up an official programme on the day to see everything that’s going on…here’s just a selection of the fantastic array of activities on offer!

Thursday 1st August
Civic Parade – See the annual gathering of Yorkshire’s Mayors, Lord Mayors, dignitaries and guests from across the region in the Civic Parade. The Civic Parade will be led by The Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Band, one of 22 military bands in the Corps of Army Music, There will also be a Civic Service celebrating Yorkshire, led by Rev Nick Baines (Bishop Bradford) & Canon Adrian Botwright at Holy Trinity Church.

Friday 2nd August
URBAN BEACH – Head to the Canal Basin where it’s been transformed into an East Coast holiday resort. You’ll find a beach with deckchairs to lounge on and buckets and spades for the kids to play with. You will also find entertainment from maritime jugglers, comedy lifeguards and a

steel drum band will play for you. See the donkeys and eat rock, donuts or candy floss whilst taking a boat trip around the bay! OPEN: 10am – 4pm, Friday – Sunday.

Yorkshire Day Family Fun- Bring the whole family to Craven Museum between 2pm and 4pm for two hours of Yorkshire Day crafts.

Night At The OPERA – Over 100 musicians come together at Skipton Town Hall for one of the Town’s biggest ever concerts with classic operatic highlights from Carmen, La bohème, Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Lakmé and Pearl Fishers. A Licensed bar is also available on site at this event. Tickets JUST £15 and available from the Box Office. Call: 01756 707606.

Saturday 3rd August
Trayned Bandes – Come to Skipton Castle to see this military unit set up an encampment as they prepare to fight in the English Civil War. OPEN: 10am – 6pm and normal ticket prices apply.

Creepy House Wild Woods Walk – Skipton Library 1.30 to 3.30pm. A creepy walk through Skipton Woods with den-building and stories. In association with the Woodland Trust. For children aged 7 – 11 please meet at Skipton Library (accompanied children only please). Tickets – free, but please book a place at Skipton Library
Rock Up And Sing – In Concert at Skipton Town Hall @7:30pm. Price: Just £10 a ticket. Purchase yours from the Tourist Info Centre inside Skipton Town Hall. This performance will showcase two of the Rock Up and Sing! Choirs – one from Harrogate and the other from Skipton singing upbeat songs you all will know…Licensed bar also available

Sunday 4th August

FESTIVAL OF YORKSHIRE – Come to Skipton High Street for a full day of family entertainment starting at 10am and finishing just after 10pm. Including the Yorkshire Olympics, Farmer’s Market, Large Screen TV showing our Yorkshire feature film Calendar Girls in the afternoon (where we also have 5000 free bags of Sea

 

Fancy some Jousting?

 

New for 2013, the Royal Armouries launches the Summer Jousting Championship, with the aim to make Yorkshire the jousting capital of Europe.

Some of the country’s finest jousters will battle it out in a series of high-octane clashes at the museum on Fridays and Saturdays from July 26 to August 17.

Experience the thrills and spills of a spectacular Summer Jousting Championship. Knights will compete for the honour of becoming Royal Armouries Champion.

Find out how gallant knights steeled themselves for battle, and the kinds of weapons and protection they relied on.

There is also a chance to meet the knights and the horses after each daily show, with great photo opportunities and the chance to discover life as a knight in shining.

The competition is set to reach a thrilling climax in the Grand Final of the Tournament of Champions (August 24 to 26), officially closing the tournament season at Royal Armouries.

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